18 Oct 2010

Sonny Bill, Braid and Donald make ABs tour squad

7:56 am on 18 October 2010

The All Blacks coach Graham Henry reserved special congratulations for Sonny Bill Williams after naming the former league star in the squad for the northern hemisphere tour.

Henry says 25 year old Williams has eaned his place on form for Canterbury, but he'll obviously learn from the end of season tour.

The openside flanker Daniel Braid, who played the last two Super rugby seasons for the Queensland Reds, has been included as a back-up for captain Richie McCaw, and the Waikato first five Stephen Donald forced his way back into the side after he had been injured and dropped down the pecking order behind Aaron Cruden and Colin Slade, neither of whom made the touring party.

Hooker Andrew Hore was also named, despite not having played since he dislocated his shoulder in May. Graham Henry says Hore will need a medical clearance before playing on the tour.

Those not considered because of injury included hooker Corey Flynn, halfback Piri Weepu and fullback Israel Dagg.

The All Blacks, who have won 15 straight test matches, open their tour against the Wallabies in Hong Kong on the 30th of this month.